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Melissa Del Valle was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents. She is currently a second-year student at the University of Florida studying public relations. She started dancing ballet at the age of three and jazz at the age of six. Throughout her adolescence she lived to dance. When she was 10 years old she won a scholarship at her dance studio, Florido Dance and Arts Center, for being the Dancer of the Year. When Melissa entered high school she stopped attending classes at that studio and joined her school's dance team. Danceline, as the team was called, performed at football and basketball games and competed all over the state of Florida. Melissa was Danceline's lieutenant her junior year and its co-captain her senior year. The two pictures above were taken during her jazz solo in one of these competitions. She won fifth place out of 17 for that dance.

Contact Information: E-mail Melissa Del Valle at mdel74@ufl.edu with any questions.